Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem: Proposed Grizzly Bear Delisting
March 9, 2016
Bozeman, MT – On March 3, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released their proposal to remove Yellowstone grizzly bears from protection under the Endangered Species Act.
The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) is focused on connecting and protecting habitat throughout the Yellowstone to Yukon region so that both people and nature can thrive. To that end, the last 30 years of grizzly bear recovery in Yellowstone and surrounding areas is a celebrated step forward in grizzly bear conservation.
However, the long-term well-being of grizzly bear populations in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem ultimately hinges on ensuring this small and currently isolated population is reconnected to other populations further north in the trans-border Crown of the Continent region.
Y2Y will continue to be a strong advocate for grizzly bear conservation in Yellowstone and surrounding ecosystems, and throughout the entire Yellowstone to Yukon region. That necessarily involves protecting and restoring current and potential grizzly bear core habitat throughout the region, and facilitating movement via wildlife corridors to ensure healthy populations over the long term.
Y2Y will continue to work with partners on the ground to engage in a variety of tools, including but not limited to:
- Acquiring important core and corridor habitat for grizzlies—by raising capital for private land acquisition and advocating to increase targeted public land protections.
- Conducting and using the best available science to prioritize action on the ground.
- Decreasing human-wildlife conflict by ensuring safe road crossings, promoting co-existence between landowners and wildlife, and engaging with local communities.
- Restoring core grizzly bear habitat by identifying key locales and working with land managers to ensure appropriate activities in areas that are critical for grizzly bear needs and connectivity.
In short, Y2Y will continue to ensure the entire Yellowstone to Yukon region has a connected and thriving grizzly bear population.
- 30 –
Jodi Hilty, PhD
President and Chief Scientist,
Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
(406) 599-6623, firstname.lastname@example.org